Introduction to North American Railway Signaling covers the basics of signaling philosophy and techniques.
This is the book to reach for if you need information pertaining to signaling systems used in the various rail transportation modes in North America: freight, main-line passenger service, commuter, light-rail, and heavy rail transit. It presents the underlying principles behind modern day signaling practices for the many systems integrated together to keep railroads running safely and efficiently. This book details fundamental concepts necessary in the design of railway signaling systems and presents the appropriate equipment used throughout North America to make these systems work. Where pertinent, mode - specific effects on basic signaling principles and techniques are described.
Introduction to North American Railway Signaling is ideal for signal designers & engineers; locomotive engineers; signal managers; operating supervisors and managers; or anyone wishing to learn more about the application of various signaling systems employed in today's railroads.
* Railway Signaling
* The Elements of a Signal System
* Track Work
* Wayside Signals
* Relays and Relay Logic
* Train Detection
* Block Signaling Interlocking
* Remote Control and Control Centers
* Cab Signals and Automatic Train Control
* Grade Crossings
* Defect Detectors
* Lightning and Surge Protection
Electric traction is the most favourable type of power supply for electric railways from both ecological and economic perspectives. Its reliability largely depends on contact lines, which must operate reliably in all climatic conditions with as little maintenance as possible. Extreme demands arise when overhead contact lines are required to provide reliable and safe power transmission to electric traction vehicles travelling at speeds in excess of 300 km/h.
The authors have used their world-wide experience to provide comprehensive descriptions of configuration, mechanical and electrical design, installation and operation of contact lines for electric railways on local and long-distance transportation systems, including high-speed lines.
The book provides students and those embarking on a career in this field with a detailed presentation of the subject, including the electromechanical and structural requirements. Railway company professionals and manufacturers of contact line systems will find practical guidance in the planning and implementation of systems, as well as appropriate specifications and the technical data they will need, including standards and other regulations. Since large sections of the book are dedicated to the system aspects, consultant engineers can also use it as a basis for designing systems and interface